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Mr Gareth Balch, Teacher of Music

Mr Balch was educated in Wales, achieving A Levels in Music, English and Computer Science. He then obtained an undergraduate degree in Music from University of Wales, Bangor and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Swansea before commencing his teaching career on the Isle of Wight.


Mr Balch is a committed and enthusiastic Music teacher with extensive experience at both Middle and Secondary schools. He performs regularly as a trumpeter in orchestras and other ensembles and is a published composer with Trinity Guildhall. This experience has helped when supporting pupils in composing and performing their own music. He has developed and contributed departmental resources that encourage all pupils to engage in creative work. He is passionate about community arts and is a regular contributor to the annual Ryde Arts Festival for which he has written music for orchestra, string quartet and chamber ensemble.

Mr Balch has a love of live music and believes in offering diverse extracurricular opportunities to young musicians. He is constantly inspired by the development in confidence shown by pupils who are involved in the musical life of the school.

Mr Balch’s goals…

The opportunity to contribute to the development of music at The Island Free School is very exciting. I’m looking forward to sharing my enthusiasm for the subject and supporting all pupils in reaching their goals.
Mr Balch

Mr Gareth Balch

Teacher of Music



A Levels in Music, English and Computer Science.

An undergraduate degree in Music from University of Wales, Bangor.

A Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Swansea.

Pupil progress

A progress measure is a measure of improvement in learning and therefore is a good measure of the impact an individual teacher has had on a pupil or class. Pupils are expected to make a minimum of 3 points’ progress in each subject each year. As part of teacher appraisals we will report on the average progress made by classes taught by each of our teachers. A progress measure of +4 or higher shows good progress and a measure of +6 or higher shows outstanding progress.

Mr G.Balch – Teacher of Music

Average Progress
All pupils taught: 4.4
Girls: 4.4
Boys: 4.4
Free Schools Meals pupils: 4.7
Pupil Premium: 3.8
SEN pupils: 4.0

Contact info

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